The Formosa Dreamers have officially announced the hiring of Canadian head coach Kyle Julius for the upcoming ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) season.
Former Saigon Heat head coach Kyle Julius will come to Formosa as Dean Murray’s successor, who accepted an offer to coach Al Muharraq in Bahrain after leading the Dreamers to the ABL’s best record during the 2018-19 regular season.
“With all the success Formosa had last year, my goal is to come in and work hard at building relationships with the players and continuing to build upon what they did last season,” Julius shared in an interview with ASEAN Sports.
As a former professional player himself, Julius is also well-known for his ability to develop young talent since he first began his coaching career. Dreamers locals like Wu Sung Wei, Chen Hsiao Jung, and Kenneth Chien are a few of the players that come to mind whose games should elevate under the guidance of their new coach and are likely candidates to play large roles in Formosa’s ABL 10 rotation.
“I think they have talented locals with some great experience,” continued the new Dreamers coach. “They have guys who can really shoot the ball and make plays.”
During the team’s official announcement of the addition of Julius, team manager Blackie Chen also revealed that the Dreamers will be playing with just two imports in the upcoming season. Last week, the Taiwanese team added Cullen Russo and Domagoj Bubalo to help bolster the squad.
“They have some very good depth to the roster and I know we will be able to defend and space the floor so that we can play with some pace and tempo,” the 39-year-old confidently expressed.
After two seasons with the Saigon Heat, Julius is looking forward to starting a new coaching journey with the Dreamers, stating, “I’ve always been impressed with the organization and the Dreamers’ local talent.”
“I am really grateful for the opportunity and excited to get to work. With this roster, we can be versatile. We should be able to mix it up defensively, play with tempo on offense and go inside consistently, getting to the foul line.”
When asked about what fans can come to expect from their team under his tutelage, nothing short of leaving it all out on the hardwood on game days will suffice. His famous grit-and-grind philosophy and installment of discipline helped turn the Heat into a more competitive team, so one can certainly speculate that the Dreamers could possibly out-do what they accomplished last year, first-place regular season finish and all.
“My teams always play hard and we have been able to wear teams down with the combination of a grit-and-grind approach, and that is exactly what we will try to do in Taiwan.”
The Dreamers are set to participate in an annual pocket tournament in Hualien, Taiwan, followed by the MABA International Basketball Invitational in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, before starting its 2019-20 ABL campaign.
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